We're back again to Lionel/Lex rivalry as Lionel makes a pretext of picking Lex up after he's fallen in the election while being manipulative and eeevil about it. Although this is better than seeing yet more of the perpetually never-going-anywhere Clark/Lana relationship, it seems like an odd retread and strange step backwards after Lex went full dark last season. Don't get me wrong: I'm generally very glad for John Glover to have some screen time, and he's enjoyable as always, but the writers took Lex's character forward in S4 for better or for worse, and now this backpedaling to a previous state of being seems a poor fit.
After the first few episodes of this season, I had higher hopes for the show. Tom Welling's acting has improved. However, last night's episode was disjointed and just plain amateurish. I'll give it until the end of the season, but I'm just about ready to close the door on it and decide that its best days are in the past.
In sharp contrast, Battlestar Galactica and Boston Legal are both well worth my time. Good Kara episode this past Friday for BSG; I'm glad they got back to Anders a little bit. Kat annoys me, and I just can't quite put my finger on why.